Keynote Speakers

“Digital inclusion and social welfare: an analysis of the trajectory of access, use and appropriation of the Internet in Brazil” 
By Alexandre F. Barbosa and Fabio Senne, CETIC – Regional Center for the Development of Information Society – Under the auspices of UNESCO, Brazil
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Alexandre F. Barbosa , CETIC – Regional Center for the Development of Information Society – Under the auspices of UNESCO, Brazil

Alexandre F. Barbosa – Manager at CETIC – Regional Center for the Development of Information Society – Under the auspices of UNESCO, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil.
Development of national projects for measuring the development of the information society, including ICT-related indicators definition, survey methodology, ICT surveys. Responsible for the management of several nationwide ICT Survey projects in Brazil aimed at the production of ICT-related statistics and indicators. International cooperation with UNESCO, ITU and UNECLAC. HEC Montreal – Post-doctor, Business Administration and Management, 2009 – 2010; Fundação Getulio Vargas, PhD – Business, 2004 – 2008; FGV-EPGE, Specialization Marketing, 1999 – 2000.

Fabio Senne, Cetic.br – Regional Center of Studies for the Development of Information Society – Under the auspices of UNESCO, Brazil
 

Fabio Senne – Project Coordinator at the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (Cetic.br). PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science of the University of São Paulo (USP); Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Brasília (UnB), Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Sao Paulo (USP). Researcher in the area of public policies and communication, interested in the relationship between digital and social inequalities.

 

Abstract

Despite the expansion of the concept of “digital inclusion” to dimensions that go beyond access, there is a lack of reliable indicators assessing the behavior of digital inequalities from a multidimensional perspective, specially within developing countries. The objective of the presentation is to discuss the case of Brazil, based on surveys produced by Cetic.br/NIC.br. Since 2005 Cetic.br is responsible for producing indicators and statistics about Internet availability and use in Brazil, disseminating analyses and periodical data about the development of the Internet in the country. The analysis indicates that the reduction of inequalities in access does not necessarily result in a more equitable adoption of online resources. Among the implication of the results obtained in Brazil are the need for methodological development to measure digital inequalities, including its impacts to other social and territorial inequalities.